Joram review: Manoj Bajpayee’s stellar act powers this stunning tale of survival and class struggle

Joram review: Manoj Bajpayee’s stellar act powers this stunning tale of survival and class struggle

Joram review: Manoj Bajpayee’s stellar act powers this stunning tale of survival and class struggle

What : Joram – Ajji and Bhosle fame filmmaker Devashish Makhija brings another unusual hero in Dasur played by Manoj Bajpayee – the master performer never goes wrong in his stellar act as the immigrant labourer struggling for survival.

Joram movie synopsis

Accused of murdering his wife Vaano (Tannishtha Chatterjee), an immigrant labourer from the Adivasi area of Jharkhand – Bala aka Dasru (Manoj Bajpayee) runs for survival with his infant 3-year-old daughter Joram from the metropolis to his native land.

The wronged fugitive Dasru has a violent past and issues with the politician and wife of the deceased leader of their village and community Phulo Karma (Smita Tambe).

Honest investigating officer Ratnakar (Zeeshan Ayub) is investigating the case.

Dasru’s village has already gone to the MNC sharks.


Joram movie review

Joram - Devashish Makhija adds edge of the sea thrills to his own 2013 striking gem Oonga. All Makhija’s film are named after its protagonist and this time the protagonist may be three months old but it shows a probing mirror to the concerns of the world we live in, the situation of tribes in India’s interior; land grabbing of corporate sharks, capitalism, mining, deforestation; mas immigration, class divide, the rise of Naxalite insurgency, in a fast paced engaging thriller.

Makhija is bang on hitting the target as he gets the atmosphere, people, clothes, language, songs and their concerns believable making the audience sympathise with the tribal Dasur from Jhinpidi in Jharkhand.

Makhija makes Joram run for survival on two tracks, one on the insurgency, and the other a hard-core survival/revenge drama. Dhanush starrer Asur ran on the same survival/revenge template but Makhija’s Joram takes the tale of both the jungles (natural and the concrete) brilliantly and succeeds in putting his point very effectively.

However, the impact of the survival drama is more than the social one but still its enlightening.

Gems like the train chase scene, the scene between Bajpayee and his daughter Joram at night near the Dam amidst the chaos, Phulo Karma’s silence that is nursing the desperation to get Dasru are just brilliant.

Amazingly captured by Piyush Puty, smartly edited by Abhro Banerjee, Mangesh Dhakde’s perfect sound and music blends with the film nicely.


Manoj Bajpayee gives a stellar performance as Dasru. This actor can never go wrong. The controlled body language, the hunting eyes, the ongoing remorse, fear challenging his will to survive is portrayed with complete command. Pure brilliance.

Zeeshan Ayub as the honest cop who is stunned by the reality in the interiors leaves a strong impression.

Tannishtha Chatterjee is brilliant as Dasru’s strong-willed wife Vanoo.

Smita Tambe as Phulo Karma is simply outstanding, what screen presence and what haunting impact she creates on screen. Class apart.

Megha Mathur as Bidesi Phulo’s ally makes a solid impression.

Final words

While the pockets of studios get filled by Pathan, Jawan, Gadar2 and the recent Animal, movies like Joram are also important to keep the heart of the art beating. While stomachs can be filled with escapisms without the opium and give the entertainment hungry souls a sound sleep. Joram is the reality we should wake up with. Go for it if you love cinema that probes and shows you the mirror.

After winning acclaims across the globe and travelled festivals like International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sydney Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and others.

Joram is releasing in cinemas on December 08, 2023.


Rating : 4/5

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